Celebrate Good Times: How to Throw an Amazing Pet Birthday Party

A pet birthday party is a fun way to celebrate your pet

Celebrating milestones and special events is one of the best parts of life, and including our four-legged family members in the fun just makes sense. Sure, while inviting your pet to join in a human celebration is one thing, throwing them their very own party is even better. Pet birthday parties are all the rage, and The Pet Experts couldn’t be more excited to share our ideas for a fun, safe, bark-tastic celebration!

Location, Location, Location

Choosing the right venue is essential to the success of your pet birthday party. A fenced in yard or living room may be appropriate, or you could choose one of the many pet-friendly rental spaces available in our area. Depending on the amount of people and pets on your guest list, some dog-friendly restaurants/pubs may also be willing to make special arrangements for your event.

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Ring in the New Year: 5 Resolutions for Pet Owners in 2018

As another year comes to a close, now is the perfect opportunity to reflect on what matters most and where we’d like to see ourselves in the future. Our modern society looks kindly on self-care, and making improvements such as getting in shape, unplugging from our devices, quitting smoking, and spending more time with loved ones is easier than ever.

The Pet Experts want to encourage you to let your pet’s well being guide you as you ponder which changes to make in the coming year. Check out our New Year’s resolutions for pet owners to get started on making a change in your pet’s life!

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Ignoring Easter Pet Safety Could Send You Down the Rabbit Hole

For some, Easter is an incredibly important, rather serious religious holiday. However, Easter is also a time for family gatherings, egg hunts, and revelry on the same level as all other significant holidays. It’s finally spring, after all!

The pastel colors, glazed ham, bonnets, baby birds, and bunnies notwithstanding, Easter pet safety should remain in the forefront of every pet owner’s mind. The Pet Experts at Naperville Animal Hospital have the following tips to protect your pet – and guarantee a good time is had by all.

Is Trouble Hopping By?

Primarily, Easter pet safety hinges on restricting access to certain foods or treats. Before we dive into that, a word of caution.

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All You Need Is Love: Valentine’s Day Pet Safety Tips

Valentines_iStock_000011197177_MediumValentine’s Day is all about love, and if you’re like most pet owners, chances are you love your pets as much (if not more!) than most of the humans you know. Many pet owners even report preferring to spend the evening at home, snuggled up on the couch with their furry loved-ones, than out on the town with a significant other… and we don’t blame them one bit!

The romantic goodies associated with Valentine’s Day can be wonderful for humans, but many of them pose serious risks to our four-legged friends. Our Valentine’s Day pet safety tips will help you keep your pet safe and at home with you, where he or she belongs.

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Ringing in the New Year with Resolutions for You and Your Pet

Winter joy on the snowThe beginning of the New Year marks a time for change for many of us – and typically, our resolutions revolve around health and well-being. Since our pets can also benefit from an overhaul of daily care, exercise, and general health, The Pet Experts at Naperville Animal Hospital want to encourage you to create some resolutions for you and your pet.

New Year’s Resolutions for You and Your Pet

Goals can be motivating, especially when you involve your pet. Here are some possible ideas to encourage a healthier, happier 2017.

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What Could be Better? Pet Costume Safety Tips That are Sure to Please

Chihuahua Wearing Clown CostumeIt’s fall, and the Pet Experts at Naperville Animal Hospital couldn’t be more excited for all that is in store for our community! We’re talking about Howl-o-ween, of course! The haunted houses, the creepy crawlies, and the foggy spookiness are just too fun to pass up, but your pet may not harbor the same enthusiasm for the Hostess cupcake costume you picked out for him or her.

As with any major calendar event, there are holiday hazards to be aware of. If your plan is to dress up Fluffy or Fido this Halloween, pet costume safety should get your full attention.

Where to Start

For pet lovers, it’s not shocking to learn that for every three dollars spent on a child’s costume, one dollar is spent on a pet’s. Indeed, Halloween is becoming more of a pet-centric holiday every year, but does your pet want to join the costume parade? Continue…

The Gift Of Prevention: Pet Obesity and the Holidays

iStock_000071872941_Large.jpgThe weeks between Halloween and New Year’s Day are notorious for comfort food, rich treats, and small, delicious indulgences that add calories up pretty darn fast. While personal self-control is on sabbatical until January, it’s easy to apply the same rule-breaking to a pet, especially one with pleading eyes, a wagging tail, and repeated chop-licking. One tiny tidbit can’t do any harm, right? Just a small morsel of holiday goodness to share with your pet? We’re sorry to break the spell, but allowing or offering special holiday nibbles can cause or exacerbate pet obesity. Continue…

Thanksgiving and Your Pet

“Over the river and through the woods to Grandmother’s house we go…”

iStock_000028876858_MediumIf you are one of the 43 million people in the United States who travel during the Thanksgiving holiday, you’re probably busy making plane, train, or car plans to gather with family and friends. Thanksgiving is the busiest time of year for air travel and many family members elect to bring their pets along for the journey.

So what are some of the considerations to ponder prior to Turkey Day and how can you best prepare your pet for a peaceful holiday?

Pet Travel vs. Pet Boarding

It’s understandable that you want to include your pets in your holiday festivities. After all, they are a part of the family and many of us consider Thanksgiving to be a particularly poignant, family-oriented holiday. Continue…

Helping Your Pets Have a Happy and Safe Fourth of July

iStock_000013207696_SmallIndependence Day – to you it’s a day to celebrate. It’s a day of grilling, parties, and of course, fireworks. However, for your pets,  the Fourth of July is a day of anxiety and fear.

What Makes Pets Fearful of Fireworks?

Loud Noises – Your pet has sensitive ears, even your cat. Loud noises can cause great anxiety for a pet that isn’t used to it. Those loud noises, and the fear it gives them, can cause him or her to run away.

Flashing Lights – Sudden flashes of light can also scare your pet. They don’t understand things the way we do, and they may not comprehend that flash as something not to be afraid of. It can also hurt their eyes.

Smells – Your pet has a nose that works much better than yours. This means that a smell that is strong to you, like the sulfur smell from fireworks, will be overpowering to him or her. Continue…

The Perfect Holiday Gift for Your Pet

Are you still making your list and checking it twice?

If you are still on the hunt for the perfect holiday gift for your pet this year, make sure to take the following suggestions into account. After all, who deserves the absolute perfect present more than your faithful friend?

Gift Ideas For Your Pet

Treats–Treats can make great gifts, but use some discretion when choosing them. Have you heard about the kidney problems that have been occurring with jerky treats? Steer clear of these. Sometimes homemade gifts are the best kind. There are a lot of great ideas and recipes for treats that you can make at home for your pets. This way you know exactly what you are getting. Continue…